The last thing I ever thought the Lair would start collecting…

You might recall that last month, while BB was here, we installed a 12-volt ceiling fan in the Lair’s bedroom. Problem was I’d pulled a simple duplex for the ceiling box, and the fan came with an electronic controller that was made to go into a wall switch box but required six wires. Ouch, and no way to pull more wire that didn’t involve demolishing lots of brand-new drywall.

We ended up kludging up something distinctly peculiar…

…and while it is possible to adjust that controller without actually reaching through spinning blades, it’s about that hard. You have to hold the blade to keep it from spinning, reach to the wall and switch on the fan, click the controller button in what you hope is the right direction, then let go of the blade (before the controller times out) and see if you clicked the button the right way. Repeat until you more-or-less accidentally find the speed/direction you wanted. It wouldn’t actually be a big problem if you only had to do that once, since I’m most likely to set the fan at one speed and leave it there all summer But every time you turn the power off the controller defaults to full speed. Shit.

BB said he thought the same fan came with a remote control. The last thing I ever thought the Lair would start collecting was remote controls, but even ol’ Luddite Joel has to admit that that would solve the problem. So today I got a message from Big Brother, saying…

I ordered you that wireless DC ceiling fan controller, and can’t help but notice that it looks exactly like the one we already installed, (except for the remote). Could we be lucky enough for that remote to work with the controller you already have up there? I wouldn’t bet serious money either way, but we won’t know until you try. Worse case, it’s a 6-wire job to swap controllers. Either way, you will be left with a “Plan B” ceiling fan controller.

So all in all it’s good to have a brother who enjoys tinkering with electrical gadgets, is all I’m saying.

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3 Responses to The last thing I ever thought the Lair would start collecting…

  1. John says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂
    Hope it works. State of the art lair!

  2. Mark Matis says:

    So maybe that window AC unit wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all? This coming winter…

  3. Joel says:

    I would be absolutely shocked if my 600 watt inverter could run any window AC. Half the time it won’t run a corded drill. So if I ever break down and get one it’ll be up to the generator, which means the batteries would be irrelevant.

To the stake with the heretic!